• Leadership & Motivation in Food,  SHRM,  Why HR?

    2019 New Year’s Resolution: Embrace My Inner Weird

    New Year’s Resolution Embrace My Inner Weird “Can someone in all honestly answer: who are you? What are you all about? I think that’s a tough question to answer. No matter who you are” C.A. Clark Sr. HR Generalist What Is Different or Weird? But before we can define what I mean by different, we must think about the typical every day stuff that you perceive about people.  Such as the things that you can see like the color of someone’s hair, their gender, their skin color, the clothes they are wearing or even the way they smell.  I would like to take this time to dive a little bit…

  • Carnivores/Vets in Transition,  Food Industry

    Meet Transitioning Veteran: Sam Barrett

    Meet Sam Sam Barrett is a 20 year Coast Guard Veteran currently working for the Veterans Affairs (VA) in East Orange, NJ. Meet Sam: LinkedIn Veteran Background Sam is a veteran from the U.S. Coast Guard, and he used to serve as a Food Service Specialist/Food Service Officer. He used to be an administrator of a large facility planning and conducts training; preparing schedules; disseminating nutritional information; and provides oversight of contracts. He also developed and implements policies and procedures to attain organizational goals.  He proudly oversaw the production of 10,500 meals monthly and purchased food items in excess of 600,000 pounds annually. He was what I would consider a professional in…

  • #VetsInFood
    Careers in Food,  Food Industry,  Veterans in Food,  Why HR?

    Veterans in Food: Chef Andre Rush

    Meet Chef Rush It was a great honor interviewing renowned White House Chef, Andre Rush. He is a well known chef not just known for his out of this world cuisine but also his passion for veterans. He uses a very unique technique of pushing a healthy lifestyle for everyone. It was a pleasure speaking to him. Meet Chef Rush: LinkedIn Veteran Background Chef Rush joined the Army’s quatermaster branch back when the mos food service specialist was 94B. He started his culinary career in the army as a line cook. He mentioned that back then he cooked everything from beginning to end from fresh breads to delicious pastries. Back…

  • Why HR?

    Transitioning Veteran Intro: Richard Krymski

    Meet Richard Richard Krymski is a  transitioning service member.  He is currently working for the Navy as an E-7 or a Chief Petty Chief Officer as a Sr. HR Business Partner  in the beautiful San Diego area. Mee Richard: LinkedIn Navy Responsibilities Richard has served over 20 years in the Navy. He is a proficient communicator with experience in: Equal Opportunity, Data Analysis, Onboarding and training and development. He also has solid experience in effective negotiation, process improvement, employee relations, retention, and building trust with leaders, peers, and direct reports. He acquired strong problem-solving, and decision-making skills while building his team. He also has hands on experience developing and implementing…

  • Food Reviews

    Truths from a Foodie: The Egg & I

    Because I work in food manufacturing I have been exposed to HACCP, food safety, flavor, food temperatures, ingredients, shelf life, customer service, USDA & the FDA.  I have also had the blessing of traveling all over the world and I can tell you from experience the ingredients, the temperature, the price and the customer service is the difference between a great experience and a bad one.  Because my husband is also a great cook, one of our favorite hobbies is to try and review restaurants. Today, I would like to tell you about my experience at First Watch that bought out my favorite breakfast place the Egg & I.  My…

  • #Mentor #SHRM #SHRM18 #HRTribe
    Why HR?

    How to become a newbie speaker?

    How to become a speaker from a beginner. So I had no idea that I was considered to be a speaker and an influencer until recently. I am not self proclaimed at all and the only reason I am writing this is because someone came and asked me so how did you get started? I haven’t been doing this long so I can definitely answer as someone who is just starting. I can say with confidence I kinda just fell in to it. I wasn’t looking for it. I just asked the SHRM Foundation to let me publicly thank the people who helped pay for my first SHRM conference scholarship…

  • #SHRM #SHRM18 #SHRM19 #HR #HRTRIBE
    Leadership & Motivation in Food

    Women are Strong Leaders!

    This weekend I decided to have one of those weekends filled with relaxing and fun chill activities.  This means it would be a movie filled weekend focusing on strong women. Why? Because when I was looking for a movie the first suggestion was the Stepford Wives.  I don’t really like to make too many decisions on Saturday’s and Sunday’s specially when I am always making decisions at work.  I truly like to let my mind take a break.  I know that this movie is cheesy and very unreal, but it was cool. So don’t judge me and read on!  If you never had the delight to watch the movie then…

  • SHRM,  Why HR?

    Give So We Can Move Forward Together

    Have you ever sat down and asked yourself why did you join SHRM?  Was it originally because you wanted to grow as an HR pro or was it because you were looking for that next great opportunity?   Yesterday at the SHRM Foundation’s luncheon, I had the chance to meet this year’s conference scholarship winners.  This was their first time attending this mega conference and I could see their excitement and gratitude on their face. Brandi Levanel, a scholarship winner, mentioned how she volunteers to be able to give back to the community. This opportunity to help her is the reason that many of us give to the foundation.  In…

  • Why HR?

    I am Not the Scary HR Darth Vader

    Let me tell you, if there is one thing that truly grinds my gears is that perception that just because I am in HR I am scary. Don’t get me wrong, I get it! But in today’s world, we are not suppose to judge people for preconceived ideas, but this is what happens all the time with us. Let me tell you, this is so frustrating for me because I love talking to people. I love hearing about everything from the name of your puppy to your favorite movie. That allows me to build a good relationship and truly relate to you. I am a huge Star Wars fan and…

  • SHRM

    Helpful #SHRM18 Quick Tips: How to Meet New People

    The best advice that I can give you when preparing to go to this year’s SHRM18 conference is to wear a smile and say hi to everyone. Trust me I know that not everyone can just go up at random and say hi to someone they don’t know. Let me give you a few winning tips. First, body language is everything. 1-Body Language: Want to Connect If you see someone with a smile on their face and their arms are by their side while their hands seem open, go to them they are waiting to say hello and meet someone. If you see someone with their fists on their hips…